I did something I didn't want to, based on this page . . . Windows command-line command to list hidden folders

I was trying to figure out if there were any errors in what my bat file was doing.

To get the output, I thought I should go to the "Startup" folder in cmd.exe, which is hidden, and run: Startup.bat > testlog.txt 2> testerrors.txt

To get there, I would have to un-hide some folders.

I found the above page, and ran the attrib command with those switches.

I think I did this in the C:\ProgramData folder (normally hidden)

I think that I put this in an elevated command prompt, based on the second answer . . . attrib -s -h -r /s /d . and hit Enter.

Maybe I just put this in . . . attrib -s -h -r /s /d

I thought, I'll just go fast and not think, nothing can happen . . . then, of course, I read on that same page, also, that this can alter your folder attributes . . . they should preface that with the word "CAUTION."

I think I did see a lot of "NOT ACCESSIBLE . . . " flashing by . . . it was doing something.

Is there any way to tell if I altered my folder attributes or not?

Does this fix I have at the bottom fix it, or not?

Quick way to reset all security permissions to default? (Windows 7)


"Just run in a elevated prompt the following command."

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

This did something, but, how can I tell if it did what I want, and things are back to normal? I don't know if secedit applies to folder attributes or not.

Is there a folder Attribute auditing program?

  • AFAIK, the answers are no, no, none, you can't and no. But I'm interested in answers by users more deeply in the topic than me. – Thomas Weller Aug 11 '16 at 17:30
  • You don't need an attribute auditing program. run dir /a:X /s "PATH" where X is the desired attribute to check (h:hidden, s:system, r:read-only) and "PATH" is the folder address. This will list all the files with desired attribute. BTW, no one died of changing attributes, it's not as dangerous as NTFS permissions. – NetwOrchestration Aug 11 '16 at 17:57
  • I guess I phrased that wrong. Not an auditing program . . . but, a program that puts them back at the default values . . . Is that the function of the secedit command? – sludge705x Aug 13 '16 at 14:55
  • I make a couple of clones with Clonezilla once per month . . . I determined that the fix, in this case, was to just replace the C: drive with one of those. It was only about 20 days old, and I had made no significant software changes. I keep all my data files on a separate, secondary D: drive. – sludge705x Sep 12 '16 at 16:42

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